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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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City Of Refuge

As we entered a town in Australia, we were greeted by a sign that declared: “We welcome all who are seeking refuge and asylum.” This kind of welcome seems to resonate with the Old Testament concept of the cities of refuge. In the Old Testament era, cities of refuge (Num. 35:6) were established to be a safe haven for people who had accidentally killed someone and were needing protection. God had the people establish such cities to provide that refuge.

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Feeling Chained?

Boethius lived in sixth-century Italy and served the royal court as a highly skilled politician. Unfortunately, he fell into disfavor with the king. He was accused of treason and imprisoned. While awaiting execution, he asked for writing materials so he could compose his reflections. Later, these became an enduring spiritual classic on consolation.

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Asking Different Questions

When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: “Why did You let this happen?” “Whose fault was this?” “Don’t You care about my pain?” Believe me, as the grieving father of a teenager who died tragically I have asked these very questions.

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Uncertain Times

During a major economic downturn several years ago, many people lost their jobs. Sadly, my brother-in-law was one of them. Writing to me about their situation, my sister shared that although there were uncertainties, they had peace because they knew that God would care for them.

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A Lesson In Worry

My friend handed me a tall glass of water and told me to hold it. The longer I held it, the heavier it felt. Finally my hand grew tired, and I had to put the glass down. “I’ve learned that worry can be like holding that glass,” she said. “The longer I worry about something, the more my fears weigh me down.”

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The View From The End

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Over the course of one year, Richard LeMieux’s lucrative publishing business collapsed. Soon, his wealth disappeared, and he became depressed. Eventually, LeMieux began to abuse alcohol and his family deserted him. At the lowest point in his life, he was homeless, broken, and destitute. However, it was during this time that he turned to God. He later wrote a book about what he learned.

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The Crash

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

For years after the Great Depression, the stock market struggled to win back investors’ confidence. Then, in 1952, Harry Markowitz suggested that investors spread their stock holdings over several companies and industries. He developed a theory for portfolio selection that helped investors in uncertain times. In 1990, Markowitz and two others won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their theory.

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Christ In The Storm

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

At the age of 27, Rembrandt painted the seascape Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee based on the story in Mark 4. With its distinctive contrast of light and shadow, Rembrandt’s painting shows a small boat threatened with destruction in a furious storm. As the disciples struggle against the wind and waves, Jesus is undisturbed. The most unusual aspect, however, is the presence in the boat of a 13th disciple whom art experts say resembles Rembrandt himself.

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Never Let Down

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

When I was a child, one of my favorite pastimes was playing on the teeter-totter in the nearby park. A kid would sit on each end of the board and bounce each other up and down. Sometimes the one who was down would stay there and leave his playmate stuck up in the air yelling to be let down. But the cruelest of all tricks was getting off the teeter-totter and running away when your friend was up in the air—he would come crashing down to the ground with a painful bump.

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40 thoughts on “Never Let Down

  1. xs says:

    Today’s odb has touched and encouraged many hearts today….I myself am really blessed by it….it’s really fitting given the hard times we are experiencing….. My fellow believers let us hold on to God’s unchanging hands…..trust and never give up
    Gob bless you all….

  2. xs says:

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” lamentations 3:22

  3. androidgyny says:

    i feel so down lately due to all the rejections and failures i experienced with all the job applications that i applied for. i feel and think that im useless and not good at all. it even came to a point where my relationship with my husband is affected, comparing myself to other people and feels that we are no longer connected.

    this is the first time i read odb again after a long time. the article perfectly fits for what im experiencing right now. i was thinking that He left me. Wants me to experience all the bad things in life. Blaming Him for what and where I am today. I thank Him for letting me know that I am not alone.

    Thank you for the whisper of hope and unconditional love.

    1. xs says:

      When your trials are all over, you will be a great blessing to someone….. Don’t be afraid to testify and encourage someone with your testimony….. You’ll come out as pure gold….hold on a little more

    2. jh3 says:

      Been there, done that. You have expressed life very well. I know the journey to learn trust again, and it gets better each day.

  4. Pleasant says:

    This message is a timely one, i have been facing lot of challenges and often feel God may not be happy with me. So engrossed with my pains and circumstances, i often focus on them rather than God, but this message has reminded me of How faithful and dependable God is.

    1. xs says:

      Hallelujah…. We’ll overcome

  5. ivansinsin says:

    What a timely reminder of the ever presence of GOD. In this time of uncertainty with our newborn baby, this reminds me that HE will always there for us. Let me rest all my hopes and prayers for our newborn baby to HIM.

  6. bookworm21397 says:

    I have been struggling with anxiety since the beginning of the year it was horrible in the beginning and while it has subsided it still isn’t gone. I’m terrified of death, and “the end times” I constantly question my salvation and scare myself with what “could happen” I’m always seeing things going on politically and other things in the world and am terrified of what could happen not only to me but to my family, and friends. I can’t stop being scared. This devotion helped me a little though know God is always with me is comforting to know. I’m still very afraid. I wish it would all stop so I wouldn’t have to see anything that might come in the future. I’m to scared, and idk if I could bare it.

    1. loviegee says:

      Hi bookworm21397,
      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths”(Proverbs 3:5-6). Also Matthew 6:25-33 and Philippians 4:6 reminds us not to be anxious about ANYTHING, but instead be prayerful and give thanks. These are God’s commands to us and when we do not obey we sin so I think it would be accurate to say worrying is a lack of total faith in God and therefore is a sin, though not intentionally. Worrying is futile because it does not help the situation at all, all it does is cause us to sin and wear us out. Someone said “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it keeps us busy but takes us no where” (unknown). “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief to bear, what a privilege to carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer.”(Joseph M. Scriven, 1855). Worrying is also one of satan’s best weapons against believers so please do not let him win. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is incharge of the whole universe, he controls everything and whatever he allows in our life is for a reason/for his purpose. As believers we don’t need to worry because we can rest in that assurance. Whatever it is, even if it cause death we are going to a better place. This is a broken world which means bad things are going to happen whether we like it or not but as believers we have hope and therefore do not need to live in fear of ANYTHING! Our duty is to tell others – friends, family, and strangers about Jesus so that whatever happen to them we can rest assured they are in a better place.
      Be encouraged, God is in control.

    2. steve5 says:

      Bookworm, I am praying for peace to rule in your heart and mind. I used to have horrible panic attacks too. Trust Jesus with your salvation. A bruised reed He will not break . He will see you through to the end.

      1. xs says:

        Lovigee
        Powerful words….it ministered to me…. Bookworm, don’t think you are the only one…..we all struggle greatly with various issues including wat you’re facing….but as lovigee puts its….let’s trust God and hold on…..you shall overcome in Jesus name

    3. prodigal_son says:

      bookworm21397,if you have put your faith in Christ alone for salvation you are eternally secure! “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”(John 10:28)
      “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
      I have struggled with anxiety and fear myself,but there is assurance in the Word. Jesus is coming back for us:

      17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18)

  7. seasons says:

    Lord, please forgive me for being the one who has crashed you down in terms of importance in my life. Thank you that even so, you are here and you have’t left my side because I had devalued you. Please help me to see you in you rightful place in my life. Amen.

  8. kedz says:

    This message is so timely. Like many who responded I am also experiencing challenges with my heath. Each day I am reminded of God’s renewal process and His ability to heal our hearts, souls and bodies. Even in the waiting phase of our deliverance we can look to our Father to provide us support and patience. Amen

  9. oneshot12 says:

    It’s a struggle to suffer and wait but I know The Lord will never leave me or forsake me. I try to focus more on HIM when life is hard.

  10. princessdee says:

    The fact that God is forever faithful gives me a hope even during trying periods.I keep trusting him n he shows himself faithful in the end.I have been in different waiting rooms, but when God remembers me, people around me begin to envy me.
    “Because he lives, I can face tommorrow”.

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